Recent Employee Awards

Avatar is proud to announce that several of our outstanding employees have recently received awards for their exemplary performance under the KLXS contract. Please see below for a brief description of their achievements!


Nick Kindred (KLXS Certificate of Recognition)

In appreciation of his outstanding leadership and support to the Spacecraft Offline Processing Element EOM. Functioning as the Element Operations Manager Deputy, Nick prepared the team for the Preliminary Design Review, leading or overseeing such products as GOPDb Drops 5 and 6; 3-point estimates; resource loading; contingency planning; requirements development; detailed validations and objectives; and stakeholder expectations development. As the Deputy, he led the weekly Spacecraft Offline Processing Element Operations working group and drove many actions to closure with sound technical insights that required constant team coordination. Nick’s efforts stand as an example of excellent quality products and services and are a direct result of his can-do attitude and dedication to the program goals and objectives.


Fred Simmler (KLXS Certificate of Recognition)

In appreciation of Fred’s outstanding leadership in the emulator/simulator team developing Tri-Program Bi-Lateral Exchange Agreements. The analysis and guidance he has provided is recognized as critical to supporting GSDO verification planning and execution. Additionally, he has enhanced technical integration efforts through effective cross functional team collaboration while providing solution based recommendations after identifying non-compliances to the C3R technical baseline and gaps in C3R requirements. Fred’s achievements are a direct result of his exceptional ability to offer and implement effective solutions and indicative of his dedication to the GSDO mission.


Wayne Obenour (Space Flight Awareness Award)

For outstanding leadership and technical excellence in integrating Space Launch System (SLS) Launch Vehicle requirements, design and operations planning with the launch complex ground systems in support the Agency’s Exploration Program.

Seaport-e Prime Contract Award


Avatar Technologies, Inc. was awarded a Navy Seaport-e ID/IQ small business prime contract on July 12, 2012! We are now eligible to compete for Task Orders in three geographic regions, which include Zones 2, 4 and 6.

Click here to view our contract announcement.

Business Recognition Award

For the past year, Avatar has partnered with Brevard Workforce to hire and train workers displaced by the retirement of the  Shuttle program.  As a result of this partnership, we have hired four outstanding employees to support our ongoing work at KSC on the KLXS contract.

This month, Brevard Workforce  awarded us the Business Recognition Award for our recruitment, training and retention of displaced workers. We are extremely happy with the results of this great partnership, and grateful for this meaningful award. Avatar looks forward to continuing our dynamic partnership with Brevard Workforce in the future!

From left to right:
Tandy Baerst  (Brevard Workforce Business Liason), James Gray (Avatar’s Program Manager), and Barbara Linton (Avatar’s President/CEO)

Avatar Contracts

Avatar is excited to share news about some of our new and exciting work opportunities!

Avatar was selected to provide acquisition logistics support to the KLXS team.   Our personnel are working the transition of the Shuttle assets as well as conducting long range planning for addressing reduced life cycle costs for maintaining the next generation human exploration launch system.

Avatar was also awarded two new positions on the KLXS contract to provide launch vehicle and spacecraft integration with the ground infrastructure. Our engineers  will  prepare GSDO for the upcoming Systems Requirements Review and Systems Definition Review and ensure Program integration with the Space Launch System and Orion Program Offices.

Avatar is pleased to announce that option year 2 on the KLXS contract was awarded. It will be the 4th year of our outstanding partnership with SAIC and the NASA KSC LX office.

In part because of these new opportunities, the Avatar family has expanded to 12 employees! We hope to see continued growth and development for the company throughout 2012.